The lack of a live performance of “Man or Muppet” was by far my biggest disappointment with the Oscars. Other than the fact that I knew almost nothing about most of the nominees, that is.
— Billy Crystal, crystallizing the Oscars in one sentence.Tweet
Turns out hosting Oscars is when the dude decides to take a rest. The only required trick for Franco and Hathaway was to manage to not look like they were doing one of those flirty commercials for a phone plan. (He’s so laid back! She’s so hyper! And now they get unlimited 4G downloads and texting! etc.)
Instead, like first-graders at a Thanksgiving pageant, they waved to their relatives. Hathaway’s mother stood up in the audience to urge her daughter to stand up straight; Franco’s grandmother was given a lame Marky Mark joke to make about “The Fighter’s” Mark Wahlberg. Sweet jokes, yes, but not the youth revolution that Oscar’s month of hot-new-hosts hype had promised. What’s with the moldy “Back to the Future” shtick and the six-degrees-of-Kevin Bacon line? “Inception”-ing Alec Baldwin’s dreams in order to figure out how to host the Oscars? Here’s a revolution: Host the Oscars and shaddup about it. Skip the self-referencing. Wasn’t the idea to lean forward?
It’s such a her and him thing. She spent the evening trying hard to really sell it (with iffy results) and then, late in the night, it was her job to tell him what a good job he was doing, and he’s all, like, ‘lax, bro."
Let the best picture battle begin:
- The Blind Side
- District 9
- An Education
- The Hurt Locker
- Inglourious Basterds
- A Serious Man
- Up in the Air
I’ve seen four of the ten, but of those, I’d say Hurt Locker and Up are my two favorites, with Inglorious Basterds next and Avatar (which technically amazing) not, IMO a best picture caliber film.